American Heroine: The life and legend of Jane Addams
Allen F. Davis
This book was deemed the best biography about Jane Addams by Victoria Bissell Brown, the author of Addams’ biography for American National Biography Online. According to Amazon.com, this is the standard biography though several have been written over the course of time.
“Jane Addams Famous Social Worker, Is Dead.”
Author unknown. Chicago Tribune 22 May 1935
This article contains several sections, many of which detail her illnesses and death. It also gives a brief history of the Hull House and Addams’ visits to Europe, emphasizing her work in international peace movements.
Chronology of Jane Addams
Louise W. Knight
An extremely detailed timeline of Jane Addams’ life.
Hull House Incorporated – The Professionalization of Social Work
An extensive biography that mentions within the first paragraph Jane Addams’ vision for the Hull House as written in the charter, “’to provide a center for a higher civic and social life; to institute and maintain education and philanthropic enterprises, and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago.’”
Beloved Lady: A History of Jane Addams’ Ideas on Reform and Peace
Farrell, John C. & Eunice Carmichael Roberts
This book was recommended as the most informational writing on Addams’ political views by Victoria Bissell Brown, the author of Addams’ biography for American National Biography Online. The Indiana University History Department’s Eunice Carmichael Roberts writes that the book is unique in that it is an analysis of her intellectual development.
Citizen: Jane Addams and the struggle for democracy
Louise W. Knight
This web page includes a photo of the cover of this Jane Addams biography. It also addresses the format of the book and provides links where you can purchase the book.
Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
Louise W. Knight
This web page provides the summary from the book jacket, links to reviews, and endorsements for Louise W. Knight’s biography on Jane Addams, Jane Addams: Spirit in Action as well as links to interviews with the author. The page also includes links where you can purchase the book.
Jane Addams – Biographical
Nobel Prize Biography
The biography written for the Nobel Peace Prize website drastically narrows down Addams’ multitude of titles into only three; pioneer social worker, feminist, and internationalist. These broad labels encompass all of her interests and accomplishments.
Jane Addams (1860-1935): Social worker and Peace Builder
James D. Allen
This biography gives a fairly standard introduction and background of both Addams herself and the Hull House.
Twenty Years at Hull House by Jane Addams
Hypertext from University of Virginia:
Addams references the vision she and Starr had for the Hull House, “perhaps even in those first days we made a beginning toward that object which was afterwards stated in our charter: ‘to provide a center for higher civic and social life; to institute and maintain educational and philanthropic enterprises, and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago.’”
Jane Addams: A Biography
James Weber Linn
This biography by a nephew of Addams’ provides an exclusive look into her life through her personal papers.